Samana News and Events
Samana, Dominican Republic
Samaná (pronounced sah-mah-NAH) is a dramatically beautiful peninsula, like an island unto itself, of coconut trees stretching into the sea. It's something of a microcosm of the Dominican Republic: here you'll see poverty and fancy resorts, brand-new highways as well as bad roads, verdant mountainsides, tropical forests, tiny villages lined with street-side fruit vendors, secluded beaches, and the radiant warmth of the Dominican people. Samaná is the name of both the peninsula and its biggest town, as well as the bay to the south. It's worth noting that to locals, Samaná denotes only the largest town, Santa Bárbara de Samaná, which makes a great departure point for whale-watching or an excursion to Los Haitises Park across the bay. The bay is home to some of the world's best whale-watching from mid-January to late March.
At Las Terrenas you can enjoy peaceful playas, take advantage of the vibrant nightlife, and make all your plans for expeditions on the peninsula. The other pleasures are solitary—quiet beaches, the massive national park Los Haitises, and water sports and hiking. A relatively new toll road connects Santo Domingo to the peninsula; it's about a 2- to 2½-hour drive. Small El Catey International Airport is near Las Terrenas and is now being served by twice-weekly JetBlue flights (Wednesday and Saturday).
On the Dominican Republic's Samaná Peninsula, the green mountains teem with coconut trees and dramatic vistas of the ocean. The area is full of hidden beaches reachable only on foot or by sea, protected coves, and undeveloped bays. A visit to Samaná is really about two things: exploring its preserved natural wonders and relaxing on the beach. There are a number of all-inclusive resorts where you can hang your hat, quaint and low-key beachfront hotels, as well as new world-class properties, where you can find complete relaxation and tranquillity.
Dominican Republic Annual Events
Whale Watching in Samaná (January to March): Watch the 3,000 to 5,000 whales that migrate to the
waters of the Samaná Bay on a guided boat tour or from the land at the observatory in
Punta Balandra. The official whale watching season runs Januaery 15 to March 15, but tours are
available as long as whales are in the Bay
Dominican Carnival (February to March): With origins dating back to 1520, Dominican Carnival is a tradition
inherited from Spanish forefathers. Celebrated every Sunday of February, Carnival
Parades and entertainment vary by city, among them Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Río San
Juan, Constanza, La Vega, Montecristi, Samaná, Higuey, La Romana, Santiago and Santo
Domingo. La Vega Is home to the most popular celebration in Dominican Republic.
Master of the Ocean (February): An annual kiteboarding competition held in Cabarete on
Dominican Republic's North Coast. The event declares a "Master of the Ocean" or
"Team Master of the Ocean" based on four categories - surfing, windsurfing,
kiteboarding and Stand Up Paddle (SUP). www.MasteroftheOcean.com